ABM 2013 field school syllabus

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Abel Beth Maacah Academic Credit Field School Requirements, 2013


Undergraduates receiving academic credit must participate in the full four weeks of excavation.  They will receive 4 academic credits, contingent upon their meeting all of the following requirements:


1. Completion of assigned readings on topics relevant to excavation of the site. Readings will be posted on the Abel Beth Maacah website, and must be completed before the start of the excavation season.


2. Participation for 20 consecutive days in the field excavation under the supervision of experienced archaeologists. The field work will include in-depth and hands-on study of field excavation methodology, recording and registration in the field. Students will partake of the daily registration, drawing sections and plans, taking heights, computer work, and other aspects of archaeological field documentation.


3. Participation in all pottery reading sessions during the week (in the afternoons).  During this time students will get instruction on the importance of pottery in archaeological research and will study basics of typology and dating, as well as archaeological processing of ceramic data.


4. Participation in occasional afternoon “methods workshops” led by professional experts on array of topics including: publication of archaeological data; stratigraphic analysis; surveying techniques; development of pottery typologies; microarchaeology, etc.)


5. Participation in the daily afternoon activities of pottery washing, marking finds, computer data entry, registration, etc.


6. Attendance and participation in evening lectures on topics related to the history, culture, and material evidence at Abel Beth Maacah, focusing on issues of Biblical Archaeology (including correlating archaeological and textual evidence, the chronological debate over the 10th and 9th centuries BCE, geopolitical relations between Arameans, Israelites and Phoenicians, inter alia), as well as topics of general archaeological interest (zooarchaeology, the use of computers in archaeology, anthropological aspects of archaeological ceramics, etc.).


7. Participation in two Sunday guided field trips to important sites in the North of Israel including: Kuneitra, Banias, Dan, Omrit, Hazor, Katzrin, Umm el-Kanatir, Chorazin, Capernaum, Nof Ginnosar (Ancient Boat), Tiberias and Megiddo.


8. Submission of a written final report which will include: background on the excavation project; achievements in the particular excavation area; a short report on the excavation in the particular square in which the student worked, as well as detailed records from one full week of excavation, including a field diary, top plan drawings and section drawings. 


**Graduate students receiving academic credit must complete all of the above requirements, and in addition must submit a Synthesis of Archaeological Sites in the Galilee. Guidelines for this assignment are posted separately, following the section on Undergraduate Requirements.


Materials: All students must bring with them: a Marshalltown (or other comparable) trowel[1] ; a scale ruler with scales of 1:20 and 1:50; a four-color ball-point pen; a notebook; a mechanical pencil and a good eraser.